December 18th, 2007
10:20 AM ET
10 years ago

Bill Clinton: George H.W. Bush will help President Hillary

Bill Clinton said former president George H.W. Bush will help fix damage done to America's reputation by his son, George W. Bush.

ORANGEBURG, South Carolina (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton said Monday that the first thing his wife Hillary will do when she reaches the White House is dispatch him and his predecessor, President George H.W. Bush, on an around-the-world mission to repair the damage done to America's reputation by the current president - Bush's son, George W. Bush.

"Well, the first thing she intends to do, because you can do this without passing a bill, the first thing she intends to do is to send me and former President Bush and a number of other people around the world to tell them that America is open for business and cooperation again," Clinton said in response to a question from a supporter about what his wife's "number one priority" would be as president.

A spokesman for the George H. W. Bush said Tuesday afternoon the former president supports his son's foreign policy and has "never discussed an ‘around-the-world-mission’ with either former President Bill Clinton or Sen. Clinton." (Click here for the full statement)

Clinton and the elder Bush, rivals in the 1992 presidential election, have grown chummy in recent years, often traveling and appearing at public events together. In 2005, they started a charity to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

UPDATE: The Republican National Committee issued this statement in response to Clinton's comments:

"In 2009, a Republican president will be working with our friends and allies abroad to continue to keep our nation safe," said RNC spokesman Danny Diaz. "The American people expect our leaders - both current and former - to present serious solutions to the very real challenges confronting our nation."

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (836 Responses)
  1. Semby, Hawthorne, NJ

    Another lie from the Clinton's.

    First Colin Powell then George H.W. Bush, it's looks like to me they are saying that the democracts can not be trusted with foreign policy, which is the God honest truth.

    I can't stand either Clinton they are absolutely pathetic and nauseating!

    December 18, 2007 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  2. CFord fredericksburg, VA

    For what? Can't these guys just go home...

    December 18, 2007 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  3. Chris Myers, Buffalo NY


    GO AWAY.

    December 18, 2007 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  4. Ken, Liberal, TN,

    I don't blame Hillary for sending the lying SOB out of the country under the BS notion that he's doing something good!

    Does anyone else find it funny that the former impeached president doesn't consider the safety and protection of our country isn't the "number one priority"?

    December 18, 2007 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  5. Hillarylover - SA

    It sounds like a great idea. Our country needs anyone who can help with damage control. Stop bashing Hillary. We all know she is the best choice. I am not tired of the Clintons. Bush I doesn't bother me – its Bush II that I totally dislike. Once again it doesn't matter how many times they have been elected it's who is the right candidate. Hillary is that candidate. The DesMoines Register couldn't have said it better. So again say what you will she is the one. Clinton 08. And, I will be honest it doesn't hurt that her husband is Bill Clinton. Cuz I don't care if he couldn't keep his zipper up (like most men do?) this man I admire and respect.

    December 18, 2007 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  6. Diane, NYC, NY

    So, if Mrs Cliton doesn't win, does that mean the ex-Presidents won't work with anyone else to help re-build America's reputation?

    I think this statement says more about Bill than it does about his wife...and as usual, nothing good.

    December 18, 2007 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  7. jt, beverly hills, ca

    This guy is unbelievable – I am fed up with the Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton Dynasty – THEY DO NOT REPRESENT AMERICA – stop them now... anyone but B and H...

    December 18, 2007 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  8. G Barrett, Augusta, Ga

    This is exactly what we don't need. When Hillary looses the Clinton's will be gone.

    December 18, 2007 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  9. Jerry Walters

    Why does CNN and most other cable networks, put so much negative attention on the front runner? It is as if the new media wants to see the races tighten in hopes that the tightened races bring in greater viewership / ratings.

    Oh wait, that IS what CNN and the major cable networks do (MSNBC largely excluded).

    This is a fine article about what BILL CLINTON said. It referenced Bush Sr - not the RNC. So, no quote from Bush Sr., duly noted. A reply from RNC - WHY? Clinton did not say Hillary would get the RNC out on the raod to repair the damage of Dumbya's presidency.

    The important point here is Hillary's plan to repair, albeit inpart, America's shattered image over seas.

    I like the basic idea and think most people in America feel it is required afetr 8 disasterous years of Dumbya.

    That is the point - not what the RNC says in response to it. Hillary is running for the DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S NOMINATION right now.

    CNN used to do better. Not anymore (but what can we expect with you just hiring talking heads - Anderson Cooper "Watch out that's a piece of flying tin"! and the rest!

    December 18, 2007 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  10. Bev McElroy Griffin ga.

    Problem: Hillary want be president. The Clintons are traitors to the US. The Chinese and Arabs have the Clintons bought and paid for. Bushes want to promote the new world order.
    All of our politians have sold the american people out for the all mighty dollar.
    The people should not be afraid of the gov't; the gov't should be afraid of the people. Lets take our country back before it's to late!

    December 18, 2007 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  11. Thedonald

    It is a "royal" family affair.

    December 18, 2007 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  12. Ralph, Walden, NY

    Nobody has anything against a woman running the country. Just not THAT woman (Hillary). Do I even have to go into why?

    December 18, 2007 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  13. Trevor, Stuart Florida

    Yea, the Clinton White House will once again be "Open for Business" nuclear secrets to china, pardons, overnights in the Lincoln bedroom, ect, ect

    December 18, 2007 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  14. Traugott

    Note to Marvene:
    Tuned to CNN all day...disappointed by Hillary critics, will tune to MSNBC...
    Ignorance is truly the most expenseve commodity this country has.

    December 18, 2007 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  15. Michael Sayers, Reading, PA

    Right. This is the same guy who said, "I did not have sex with that woman."
    B. Clinton is a goof, has always been a goof and always will be a goof... who says stupid things like this latest stupid, goofy thing he's said.
    Remember, when you vote for Hillary, you get Bill, too.

    December 18, 2007 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  16. Nate

    "I leave our tv tuned to cnn all day. If the NEGATIVE remarks do not stop toward Hillary Clinton msnbc will need to be my choice. Why do ALL you select her as your choice to hurt."

    Probably because they see her as a Stalinist that will complete destroy this country and the principles it's founded upon.

    I don't know why Bill Clinton thinks he's important, when he was a drag on Gore and is a drag on his wife. I guess that should be expected from a man who originally won the office with around 43% of the vote (thanks Ross Perot...).

    Bill can blab all he wants, it doesn't matter, Hilary will be lucky to get the nomination, and even if she does, she's going to lose, just as Obama or Edwards will lose. All 3 top tier democrats are complete political lightweights compared to the Republican they'll face. They have no experience as leaders.

    December 18, 2007 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  17. Rick Wagner

    Another big whopper! He even says them under oath.

    December 18, 2007 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  18. Minden, LA

    Clinton (Bill) must have started inhaling.

    December 18, 2007 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  19. jj soteria

    Obama/Edwards or Edwards/Obama '08

    We can only hope for a ticket like either of these...for a great Republican win!

    December 18, 2007 07:39 am at 7:39 am |


    December 18, 2007 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  21. William W. Wexler, Chicago, Ill

    Oh good grief.

    The first thing the new president should do is declare that they lead a co-equal branch of government and send a bill down that takes the legal standing of all signing statements to ZERO.

    Then maybe we can work on important issues like getting Dick Cheney to go around the world apologizing on the behalf of anyone who's ever shot somebody in the face.

    Carry on.


    December 18, 2007 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  22. Terri, Plantation, FL

    More and more, Bill may be becoming more of a liability to the campaign than an asset. Now Hillary is 're-packaging' her image .. again.

    This is just becoming so pathetically like desperately reaching for hold on to power.

    Unfortunately, more and more it just underscores how very much we need a total change to something real. Say goodnight, Bill. Go home, Hillary. Please.

    December 18, 2007 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  23. Tommy O, Boston, Ma

    Elect Ron Paul and you won't have to worry about all this tripe!

    No more Clintons are needed to ruin our nation!

    December 18, 2007 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  24. John Kerry, Boston, MA

    Thanks but no thanks. America's reputation is just fine. Why else would millions of people sneak in every year instead of the reverse.

    BJ Bill is just looking for a legacy that is not sex related.

    December 18, 2007 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  25. R.F. Nance Columbia, SC

    Bushes and Clintons, joined at the hip.

    December 18, 2007 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
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